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Annual mammography beginning at 40 reduces breast cancer mortality by 42%, new data show

Marty Stempniak | February 20, 2024 | Radiology Business | Womens Imaging


Annual mammography screening beginning at 40 (and continuing through age 79) reduces breast cancer mortality by nearly 42%, according to new data published recently in Radiology.

“The biggest takeaway point of our study is that annual screening beginning at 40 and continuing to at least age 79 gives the highest mortality reduction, the most cancer deaths averted, and the most years of life gained,” lead researcher Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, a professor of radiology at Dartmouth, said in a Feb. 20 announcement from RSNA. “There’s a huge benefit to screening annually until at least 79 and even more benefit if women are screened past 79.”

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